志ゆてんとうし.

Shuten toshi.

Format
  • Manuscript, Book
Language
Japanese
Published/​Created
[Japan] : [producer not identified], [1660-1681]
Description
3 scrolls : color illustrations ; 34.5 cm

Details

Subject(s)
Form/​Genre
Scrolls (Visual works)—Japanese—Color
Summary note
Contains a total of eighteen full-color illustrations. The chief ogre Shuten-doji and his cohorts have conducted a raid upon Kyoto and, after having eaten a number of citizens, carried off all the young women for consolation and subsequent light snacking. They are vanquished by the heroic Minamoto-no Raiko (or Raigo) and his companions, who pose as itinerant priests with their weapons hidden in the portable altars. They get the ogres drunk and then make away with them.
Notes
  • In original indigo and gold paper bindings; not remounted.
  • In original fitted wooden box: 40 x 22 x 8.5 cm.
  • Unusually fine condition. Particularly remarkable is the preservation of the coloring in silver, which is usually darkened or, worse, eats through the paper. Ann Herring also remarked that the preservation of the original publisher's wrappers is uncommon, as collectors have traditionally had scrolls recovered uniformly in brocade to match other scrolls in their collections.
References
Herring, A. The Dawn of Wisdom, p. 13-15
Other format(s)
Also available in an electronic version.
Other title(s)
Ogres of Ōeyama
Other views
Staff view

Supplementary Information